Vered Jewish Canadian Studies - Scholarships

Please note the following list of Awards and Scholarships that may be of interest to students of the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program.  To apply for any of the following awards or bursaries, or for more information, please contact the University of Ottawa Financial Aid and Awards Office:  http://www.registrar.uottawa.ca/default.aspx?tabid=2859

Ethel Cooper Yiddish Studies Award of Excellence

In celebration of her 60th birthday, friends and family are delighted to contribute to the creation of this important award in honour of Ethel Cooper's life long commitment to Yiddish.

Ethel has passionately dedicated her life's work to energizing a love for the Yiddish language and ensuring its preservation. As the daughter of Holocaust survivors and born into a Yiddish speaking home, Ethel has a deep understanding and respect for the roots of the language, its history, its culture and its legacy. As a Yiddishist Ethel began her career working for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research which is dedicated to the history and culture of Ashkenazi Jewry and to its influence in the Americas. Armed with a teaching degree, Ethel took to teaching in the 1990's as a way to spread her excitement for the Yiddish language.

Dedicated to educating young people about Yiddish heritage, Ethel taught Yiddish at Bialik Hebrew Day School in Toronto and more recently at the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto. She instilled in her students a love for the unique language, inspired a curiosity for Yiddish's particular character and a feeling of responsibility for its protection. She enthusiastically brought Yiddish to life in the classroom through poetry, song, literature and by giving her students the ability to speak the language of Ashkenaz Jewry.

As chairperson for the committee for Yiddish of Greater Toronto, Ethel worked to promote a vision of Yiddish as integral to the Jewish community at large, in Toronto and beyond. She loyally promoted Yiddish language and culture – indeed the entire Ashkenaz tradition – as a vibrant part of contemporary Jewish life and as a fundamental link between the Jewish past and future. To this day Ethel avidly contributes her time outside of teaching to enjoying its culture and involving the community in all things Yiddish. Ethel participates and organizes a Leyen Krayz, a Yiddish book club and is helping to institute a permanent home for Yiddish at an academic level at York University. Ethel adamantly haks at anyone in Yiddish whether they are listening or not and is known in Toronto as the "go to" person for Yiddish translation and editing.

Ethel has instilled a similar love and admiration for Yiddish in her children entrusting the language's legacy and safety in their hands and hearts. Friends and family have contributed to this award in honour of Ethel's continuing commitment to all things Yiddish. Inspired by her dedication, creativity and devotion to the preservation of the Yiddish language, contributors to the Ethel Cooper Yiddish Studies Award of Excellence hope that the recipient will be inspired by the language in the way that Ethel has been. It is the group's hope that the student who achieves this award will work to preserve Yiddish and to spread its distinctive characteristics, history, heritage and idiosyncrasies. Contributors to this award as well as Ethel Cooper thank the recipient for exploring the Yiddish language, for studying and becoming a part of its unique history and for helping to keep a beautiful language alive and breathing.

Criteria

This scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to the study of Yiddish language and culture by providing an award to the student who obtained the highest mark in a Yiddish language and culture course at the University of Ottawa.

The student must:

  • have obtained the highest mark in the Introduction to Yiddish Language and Culture course (YDD1901).
  • be in good academic standing.

Value of the award : 250 $

Jacob Freedman Memorial Award

The award was established by the Ottawa Jewish Historical Society through the generosity of the Jacob Freedman Charitable Foundation.

Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be registered (full-time or part-time) in an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Ottawa
  • submit high quality papers OR an outline of a project on Jewish studies which has significance to the Jewish community of Ottawa. Note: The subjects must be approved in advance by the Ottawa Jewish Historical Society.

Nota : The Ottawa Jewish Historical Society must first approve the subject.

Value of the award: $1,000 minimum - $2,000 maximum

Michelle Julia Gringler Memorial Scholarship

Michelle, who touched so many people during her all too short life, will always be that precious jewel, now and forever lost. We will always be looking for her around every corner for the rest of our lives. Our beautiful daughter, who was born in Toronto on September 30, 1976, was twenty-six years old when she passed away unexpectedly on July 11, 2003 from a rare illness called TTP.

At the time, she was in New-Brunswick on a business trip working as a Development Officer and Policy Coordinator for the Canadian International Development Agency of the Federal Government of Canada. Michelle had many accomplishments in her young life. She was on the honour role at high school. She graduated summa cum laude in Social Sciences, Hon. Criminology / Conc. Psychology and achieved a gold medal for being one of the top students at the University of Ottawa. She also obtained her Masters Degree in Criminology summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa.

She had written her thesis, for which she devoted herself for over a year, and it was published in 2002. Michelle was an extraordinary person. She was a brilliant student, honest, intelligent, vivacious and devoted to those she loved. She had an upbeat personality. Her glowing smile brightened everything around her. Her passion in life was to help people in need. Although Michelle did not get to fulfill her dreams, it will be our honour, with this scholarship fund to provide financial support to students studying in the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program. Michelle left a mother, father, brother, aunt, grandparents, soul mate, and many loving family members. In our hearts we will remember and cherish her as long as we live. God gave us a beautiful and precious gift, even if it was for only a very short time. She will remain forever young, bright, beautiful and precious in our minds and in our hearts.

Criteria

This scholarship provides financial assistance to students in need who demonstrate a keen interest in Jewish Canadian Studies.

The applicant must:

  • be registered as a full-time or part-time student at the University of Ottawa
  • have completed a minimum of two classes in the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program
  • meet the Ontario residency requirement, as per OSAP rules
  • demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the University of Ottawa
  • demonstrate academic excellence
  • demonstrate active involvement in the Jewish Community

Value of the award: Variable

Petigorsky Family Scholarship

This fund was established in 2006 by Cecelia Tenenbaum, Estelle Gunner, and Mel Schecter in honour of the Petigorsky family, and its role in the Ottawa Jewish Community. Members of the Petigorsky family are proud to create this scholarship that supports the study of the impact of Jewish Canadians on the development of our country.

Criteria

This scholarship provides financial assistance to students in need who demonstrate a keen interest in Jewish Canadian Studies

The applicant must:

  • Be registered as a full-time or part-time student at the University of Ottawa, and have completed a minimum of two classes in the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program
  • Be an Ontario resident, as per OSAP rules
  • Demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the University of Ottawa
  • Demonstrate academic excellence
  • Demonstrate active interest or involvement in the Jewish Community

Value of the award : Min. 2 000 $

Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Scholarship for University of Ottawa Students

This scholarship was established by the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CFHU). The creation of this fund further solidifies the partnership between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Ottawa, provides more opportunities for students to enhance their education abroad, and enriches university campuses by increasing the presence of more international students.

Criteria

This scholarship provides financial assistance to graduate and undergraduate students registered at the University of Ottawa and who wish to take a portion of their accredited studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem or the Rothberg International School, and whose education would otherwise be compromised.

The applicant must:

  • be enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Ottawa
  • be an Ontario resident, as per OSAP rules
  • demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the University of Ottawa
  • maintain a GPA of 7.5
  • if at the undergraduate level, take a full course load at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Value of the award: $5,000, variable

University of Ottawa – Hebrew University of Jerusalem Academic Exchange Scholarship

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Ottawa established an Academic Exchange Agreement in August of 1990. One of the mandates of the agreement is to develop links between the two universities through the exchange of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The above award will permit a student or fellow to pursue research in academic programs of common interest to both universities.

Criteria

The applicant, either from the University of Ottawa or the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, must demonstrate academic excellence and propose a suitable area of study.

Value of the award $5,000 and airfare

Gil Levine Yiddish Scholarship

Gil Levine loved to sing, to bring people together, to organize, to travel, to be with his family and to tell corny jokes. He celebrated Yiddishkeit, folk music, bargains, food and trees. But at the centre of his being was a determination to make the world a better place. He fought for workers' rights, for peace, for Canadian sovereignty, for women, and a host of other good causes. He was an activist his entire life, and when he died on November 16th, 2009 at the age of 85, we lost a tireless fighter. He wished to donate to a cause that was dear to his heart, like the Jewish Studies program. Together his daughters, Tamara and Karen along with his wife, Helen are honored to do so and are proud to create the Gil Levine Yiddish Scholarship that supports the students in the program.

Purpose of Fund

To recognize outstanding achievement in the field of Jewish language, literature and culture in Canada within the University of Ottawa's Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program.

Criteria

The applicant must:

  • be registered as a full-time student at the University of Ottawa
  • be registered in a course offered through the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program, with preference given to students enrolled in the minor
  • demonstrate outstanding achievement in the field of Jewish language, literature and culture in Canada, in particular in connection with Yiddish

Application Procedure

Application should be made to the Director, Financial Aid and Awards Service, and include:

  • a completed application, available online at www.uoZone.uOttawa.ca
  • a copy of the applicant's transcript
  • a writing sample prepared under the auspices of a course in the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies program that centres on Jewish language, literature and culture in Canada (e.g. an essay, short story, composition). The writing sample should include a brief letter of reference prepared by the course instructor that details the merits of the sample.

Value of the award: Variable, according to the income available in the fund and at the discretion of the selection committee.

Number of awards: Variable, according to the income available in the fund and at the discretion of the selection committee.

Frequency of the award: Annual

Level or program of study: Undergraduate

Application contact: Director, Financial Aid and Awards Service

Application deadline: February 28

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